Monday, June 17, 2024

Mother Theodora granted exclaustration

Mother Theodora, of her own volition, petitioned for and has been granted exclaustration (leave of absence) from the monastery for two years. We greatly value your prayers during this time of discernment. 

She will use her baptismal name, Celeste, during this time. According to Canon Law, during exclaustration a nun does not wear the monastic habit. 

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Our First Ever Summer Picnic - Saturday, July 6th


We'd like to invite you to our Monastery Summer Picnic on Saturday, July 6, 2024. This is the first time we're doing this, and we're looking forward to this opportunity to welcome anyone who would like to come to pray, eat, and spend time with us. For the sake of space, we will gather at the Shrine of Our Lady of Mariapoch (across the street from our monastery) for Vespers at 4:30pm in the outdoor chapel and then a picnic dinner following. We'll be happy to visit with you until around 8:30pm. For those who haven't visited the monastery before, we'll be glad to give you a little tour of our monastery and chapel. 

Please bring your own picnic dinner and beverages. You may also want to bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs in case we run out of room at the shrine's picnic tables. 

Please RSVP using this link so that we can have enough booklets available for Vespers and notify you if anything changes. 

The address of the Shrine is 17486 Mumford Road, Burton, OH 44021. Please give us a call (440-834-0290) or send us an email (christthebridegroom@gmail.com) if you have any questions. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Spring at the Monastery


We hope you all are having a blessed celebration of Pentecost! 

We're really enjoying this spring season. For community recreation a couple weeks ago, Mother Cecilia took us on a little adventure down to the Shrine to give us a spring wild flower tour. It was very beautiful. This past week, as we walked outside to go to Vespers, many of us were shocked that the trees suddenly had leaves. These little changes have been accompanied by the movement from the Great Fast, into Pascha, and now, Pentecost.





We had a blessed Great and Holy Week. We were very grateful to be joined by Bishop Robert, some faculty and seminarians from Saints Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Seminary in Pittsburgh, and many other priests and faithful for our patronal celebration of Bridegroom Matins on Holy Wednesday. It was truly beautiful. 

We were very grateful to have a joyful Pascha. All of the rest of our life doesn't compute without the Resurrection, and it's wonderful to get to express that in the liturgy and in other paschal festivities. During Bright Week, we enjoyed the short, joyous liturgical prayer, some much needed free time to recover from Great and Holy Week, and time as a community. You can find more photos of these celebrations here

On April 8th, we got to experience the total solar eclipse around 3:15pm. It was very exciting that our monastery was in the path of totality. We were all able to watch the world transform around us, in this place which is so familiar to us. It was really amazing to see everything go dark and feel an evening-like chill settle over everything. The eerie light cast strangely sharp shadows on the ground. The roosters at the neighboring farms started to crow and the birds, bugs, and frogs joined in with all of their various sounds as the eclipse approached totality. It was really an amazing experience. 


The week of the eclipse, Mother Natalia ventured out West with Wyoming Catholic College. They asked her to be the spiritual director of their women's poustinia trip. She visited the college briefly, and then the group set out for the desert of Moab and spent a few days in silence and prayer in the wilderness.


Recently, Mother Cecilia, Mother Gabriella, and Mother Natalia went to Long Island for the CMSWR's annual Formators' Workshop. They were surrounded by about 130 other women religious and received some good support for their roles in giving formation to discerners, dokimoi, and rasophores in our monastery. This is the third year we have participated in the workshop. 

While some nuns were at the formation workshop, Mother Iliana and Sister Onuphria drove down to Steubenville, Ohio, for part of a day to record an episode of Franciscan University Presents. Mother Iliana talked about her book, The Light of His Eyes, with the show's host, Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR, and panelists Dr. Scott Hahn and Dr. Regis Martin. The show will air on EWTN sometime in October, and we'll be sure to let you know when it does. 


Finally, we are so grateful to all who have helped us with work around the monastery lately. We really couldn't keep the monastery going without you. We are especially grateful to the group who came out a week before our work day to take care of this tree (photo to the left) that fell in a wind storm earlier this spring. We are also immensely thankful to God for the success of our spring work day. Thank you to all those who came and helped us with a plethora of outdoor and indoor work here and at the Shrine. It was so great to get to spend time working, praying, and visiting with all of you. We're so blessed to have your help!

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Join us for our Spring Work Day on May 18th!

 

Volunteers helping us weed and mulch a garden.

The world is beginning to turn green again, and you know what that means! It's time to invite you all to our Spring Work Day! 

We hope you can join us for a day of outdoor and indoor work projects, prayer, food and fun at the monastery and the Shrine of Our Lady of Mariapoch on Saturday, May 18. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome! The day begins at 1:30 p.m. and closes with Vespers at 5:00 p.m., followed by a cookout. Come whenever available, and please bring a side dish to share. The monastery is located at 17485 Mumford Rd. Burton, Ohio. Please RSVP using this online form by Monday, May 13th, so that the appropriate amount of food can be prepared. 

Some tools to bring that may be of help: shovels, trowels, work gloves, wheel barrow, pruning sheers (please mark your name on tools). We may also have a painting project, so consider wearing painting clothes. Thanks!

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Join us for Bridegroom Matins on March 27th!

 


We hope you all are having a blessed Great Fast. It's really flying by, and as we approach its final days and Great and Holy Week, we wanted to take the opportunity to invite you to pray with us. 

We invite you to join us for Bridegroom Matins, our patronal commemoration, on Wednesday, March 27, at 9:00 a.m. in our monastery chapel. We are looking forward to praying this service, which is so important to our monastery, with Bishop Robert for the first time. The readings and hymns of this service help us embrace a spirit of watchfulness and vigilance as we enter into the commemoration of Christ's passion, death, and resurrection in the following days. This year, we will not be having a breakfast after Bridegroom Matins, but all are welcome to spend time praying in the chapel afterwards. 

Other Great and Holy Week and Paschal Services: Keep an eye on our "Liturgy & Events Schedule" page to see when you can join us in praying through the services of our Lord's passion, death, and resurrection. 

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Reminder! The Great Canon is on March 14th!

 

Join the nuns of Christ the Bridegroom Monastery for a special Lenten service, the Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, on Thursday, March 14, at St. Joseph Byzantine Catholic Church, 8111 Brecksville Rd, Brecksville, Ohio. This powerful service of repentance includes beautiful melodies, plentiful Scriptural and spiritual nourishment, hundreds of prostrations, and the moving life story of the penitent St. Mary of Egypt. The evening will also be a great opportunity for the Mystery of Holy Repentance (Confession) and to venerate a relic of St. Mary of Egypt. Please bring a fasting-friendly potluck dish to share (no meat, dairy, eggs or fish) if you join us for dinner at 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the hall below the church. The Canon will begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at about 9:00 p.m. All are invited to come for part or all of the Canon, even if you are not physically able to participate in the prostrations. No RSVP necessary. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Special Opportunities to Pray with us this Great Fast

 


As we begin this Fast, we'd like to share some upcoming opportunities for you to join us in prayer. 

Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts: We have this liturgy in our monastery chapel each Wednesday and Friday during the Great Fast at 3:00. Please check our Liturgy Schedule tab to be sure. We'd love to have you join us. 

Daily Prayer: All are welcome to join us for any of our prayer. Please see our Great Fast Schedule 2024 for the times of each service, and please note that you may want to call ahead just to be sure we haven't had to change our schedule that day. 

The Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete: Join the nuns of Christ the Bridegroom Monastery for a special Lenten service, the Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, on Thursday, March 14, at St. Joseph Byzantine Catholic Church, 8111 Brecksville Rd, Brecksville, Ohio. This powerful service of repentance includes beautiful melodies, plentiful Scriptural and spiritual nourishment, hundreds of prostrations, and the moving life story of the penitent St. Mary of Egypt. The evening will also be a great opportunity for the Mystery of Holy Repentance (Confession) and to venerate a relic of St. Mary of Egypt. Please bring a fasting-friendly potluck dish to share (no meat, dairy, eggs or fish) if you join us for dinner at 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the hall below the church. The Canon will begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at about 9:00 p.m. All are invited to come for part or all of the Canon, even if you are not physically able to participate in the prostrations.

Bridegroom Matins: We invite you to join us for Bridegroom Matins, our patronal commemoration, on Wednesday, March 27, at 9:00 a.m. in our monastery chapel. We are looking forward to praying this service, which is so important to our monastery, with Bishop Robert for the first time. The readings and hymns of this service help us embrace a spirit of watchfulness and vigilance as we enter into the commemoration of Christ's passion, death, and resurrection in the following days. This year, we will not be having a breakfast after Bridegroom Matins, but all are welcome to spend time praying in the chapel afterwards.